Accelerating Working Capital

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

As policy makers around the world seek to mitigate the economic shock from this pandemic, one less obvious but powerful place to look are working capital flows. We also need our capital markets to work so actions like the Fed is taking are necessary and important. hacking financeYes we do need direct relief for small businesses like the forgivable PPP loans. We also need things like payroll tax deferrals and other relief from the CARES Act.

The Seven Flavors of Capital (for Startups)

Paul G. Silva

Startups need capital to launch and grow. What many entrepreneurs don’t know is that startup capital comes in many different flavors. Here is a 2-page table summarizing each of the major flavors of capital, their pros, cons, and who they are good for.

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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Importantly, we recently announced a $30 million financing that gives us the resources we need to build a global enterprise software company. Venture Capital is a people business.

Staging Capital: Angel Follow-on Theory

The Seraf Compass

Having invested in over 30 companies and participated in more than 90 financing rounds, Ham has witnessed many different situations and evaluated companies at different times in their financing history. Most startup companies have a continuous need for funds to help grow the business.

Debt Financing Fuels Your Growth - on Your Terms. Zero Dilution.

The landscape of startup financing is changing. Learn why SaaS founders are turning to debt capital options like revenue-based financing.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? It’s like we need a finance 101 course for entrepreneurs. In finance they call it “terminal value” but the truth is the price is as arbitrary at your A round as it is at your seed round. Plus, if you price it then when you go to your next round of financing there is no haggling with future investors on what the note should be priced at. This week.

Funding Demystified! Free Course Offers Founders a Guide to Raising Capital


Whether you’re an entrepreneur raising funds or an investor looking to take your venture finance skills to the next level, Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson have the answers for you. How do venture deals really work?

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

Both Sides of the Table

There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital. These are extreme positions and often the deals settle in between but it can be U-G-L-Y and the financings are at times coupled with changing management teams.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Many observers of the venture capital industry have questioned whether its best days are behind it. Looking ahead at the next decade I am excited by what I believe will be viewed as one of the best and most rational investment periods for venture capital due to seven discrete factors: 1.

Top Four Survival Tips for Small Business Owners

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Whether you’re seeking access to capital or immediate liquidity, it is imperative to understand the options available to you. BUSINESS GROWTH FINANCES INNOVATION LEADERSHIP PEOPLE/STAFF PR/MARKETING coronavirus COVID-19 small business

Growing your Startup? Find the Right Startup Financing for Your Capital Needs

Entrepreneurs are facing unprecedented circumstances right now. The capital choices you make will have a lasting impact on the trajectory of your company. Knowing the right questions to ask and how to compare your options is vital to making the best decisions. Download the Startup Finance Playbook to learn more.

Venture Capital Q&A Session

Both Sides of the Table

We received so much positive feedback from our This Week in Venture Capital show walking through valuation calculations & term sheets that we decided to do a Q&A show this week to address topics that entrepreneurs want to learn about.

New Study by MPOWER Financing Shows the Value of Investing in Immigrants

Dream It

The report, “Empowering Global Citizens to Create Global Change,” focuses on the impact of MPOWER Financing’s core product, the world’s only fixed-rate, no-cosigner education loan for international and DACA students at top U.S.

No trade-off with innovation and capital

Innovation 2 Enterprise

With limited capital — financial and human — for the first few years of a startup’s life, it’s a perpetual challenge of either/or. However, there is one budgetary trade-off that Oklahoma absolutely should not make: When it comes to innovation and capital, it is not an either/or. In some ways, Oklahoma was far-sighted in committing to innovation and capital. million to fund a then unique source of early stage capital. By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman.

Do venture capital firms or private equity funds offer debt financing for startups?


The direct answer to your question is NO, VC and PE funds do not provide debt financing for any companies. For venture capital, this is typically ten times the invested capital, and those returns can only be achieved through equity appreciation, not debt service. Invested Interests debt financing private equity funds startup VCs venture capital firms Their entire business model is based on investing in companies that can potentially offer very high returns.

How International Founders Can Raise US Financing

Startup Grind

or incorporated here to raise capital. International founders typically have some combination of these three reasons: a) Access to capital The number one answer is access to capital.

NeuroFlow Closes $7.5M Series A Financing to Advance Behavioral Health Integration and Engagement

Dream It

million Series A financing round led by San Francisco-based Builders VC. NeuroFlow ( Healthtech - Fall 2019 ) is a platform for getting patients with behavioral health issues better by supporting clinical teams with collaborative and measurement-based tools in all care settings.

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We’re Entering the Stay-Home Economy. Here are 10 Industries That Will Be Winners

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Businesses that provide this enabling technology and equipment can capitalize on this with special pricing and promotions. Businesses in these industries can capitalize by creating a great initial experience for new customers.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 3

Both Sides of the Table

In addition to the P2P deals covered below, on the show we also talked about some of my favorite financing startups ( Wonga in the UK run by Errol Damelin , who is a superstar) and run by serial (and I mean serial!) Investors: Union Square (lead), Spark Capital (lead).

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

Both Sides of the Table

VC Financings: 1. Blippy (and their competitor Swipely – which was founded by Angus Davis , who has a great track record from both Netscape and TellMe, both aim to capitalize on the era of consumers living more openly ala Twitter, Foursquare and Gowalla.

How to Project Cash Flow to Forecast the Impact of COVID-19

Entrepreneurs' Organization

By taking the traditional balance sheet and turning it into the Simple Numbers Capital format, you will better understand what parts of your balance sheet impact your cash flow.

How to Get into Venture Capital - An Update

This is going to be BIG.

About seven years ago, I wrote a post on breaking into venture capital and I continue to point the five or six people a week who ask me how to break into venture. The candidates for venture capital roles are already out there and usually in plain sight and there simply wasn''t anyone out there doing what Amrit was doing who wasn''t already fulltime at a firm. but in a city like New York, with it''s access to capital, "getting in" shouldn''t be the hard part.

Women Face More Challenges When it Comes to Venture Capital Funding

Smart Hustle Magazine

The number one challenge women face is a significant disadvantage in securing access to venture capital funding compared to their male peers. of all venture capital in the US went to companies founded solely by women. Bank financing. There are more than 11.6

Capital in a Time of Crisis

Angel Capital Association

By: Kevin Learned and Denise Dunlap, Sage Growth Capital “My investors want to renegotiate terms” or “I thought my round was committed but now my investors are backing out”. Generally, it would be one industry or one type of size company who experience limited access to capital because of an exogenous event. The team at Sage Growth Capital believes in the resilience and creativity of entrepreneurs and in the ability of the US economy to rebound.

Revisiting Paul Graham’s “High Resolution” Financing

Both Sides of the Table

When I first read Paul Graham’s blog post on “High Resolution&# Financing I read it as a treatise arguing that convertible notes are better than equity. Tags: Raising Venture Capital Startup Advice Tech Market Analysis Term Sheets

Disrupting Finance From Above: Wealthfront

Finance government stimulus Internet Payment Regulation Uncategorized Venture Capital Disruption payments wealthfront Many entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley believe that the financial services industry in the United States is “ripe for disruption. ”

This Week in VC with Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital

Both Sides of the Table

We had a special edition of This Week in Venture Capital this week shooting out of the Next New Networks offices in New York. Our guest was Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital. Mo & I both have double majors with one being finance / econ. Tags: This Week in Venture Capital

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself. I believe some VCs have entered the early-stage market as simply an option on future financing rounds.

What Will Happen In The 2020s

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

It will require countries and institutions to re-allocate capital from other endeavors to fight against a warming planet. This is the decade we will begin to see this re-allocation of capital. We will see massive capital investments made in protecting critical regions and infrastructure. All of these things and many more will cause the capital markets to focus on and fund the climate issue to the detriment of many other sectors. It’s 2020.

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Author-entrepreneur says i2E offers ‘founder-friendly’ financing through state-funded program

Innovation 2 Enterprise

He was talking about the Technology Business Finance Program (TBFP), Oklahoma’s nationally recognized pre-seed capital fund that i2E administers for the Oklahoma Center for Science and Technology. Awardees have gone on to raise more than $519 million in additional private capital to support their business. The Venture Assessment Program and TBFP work together to provide a structured process of market validation and well-defined access to pre-seed capital.

Making Sense of the Stock Market Drops in Relation to Venture Financing

Both Sides of the Table

I’m not saying I’m not investing – just that I’m generally aware that the market does drive venture capital fundings and I’m very interested to see how September plays out.

The Glorious Post Seed Startup Financing Chaos

Fred Destin

Getting Seed does not mean you are on a long-term venture capital track. With super high capital efficiency, transparent markets, standardized investment terms, the rise of platforms, post seed chaos is the "new normal" in startup life.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs


Even though significant deal vetting and filtering is performed by the investor teams running these seed programs, in effect, they spray little bits of capital onto as many good ideas as possible, help them along, and pray some eventually strike it big.

Equity financing: great for rapid growth startups


We’ve spoken of financing a young company through friends and family, known as “inside angels.” Angel Capital Association (ACA) lists over four hundred member groups, located throughout the country.

6 Steps to Raising Venture Capital in 6 Months


Financeable businesses require investors to believe that: 1) you will win at what you’re doing; and 2) the market in which you’re operating is worth winning. Recently, I met with an entrepreneur to discuss her financing strategy.

Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First

Both Sides of the Table

If you want to raise venture capital more easily the advice could be quite practical and counter-intuitive. Many companies that are raising B or C venture capital rounds right now raised their initial money in 2005-2008. Clean up your own shite.

In Venture Capital, Should You Be a Momentum or a Value Investor?

David Teten - VC

The first is Momentum Investing , “a strategy to capitalize on the continuance of an existing market trend”, which usually meaning that the price has been rising in the recent past. You identify the “hot” companies; network into them; and sell them on the value of accepting your capital. Today, some Momentum-centric venture capital investors have high paper returns. The Momentum model depends in part on more and more venture capital being readily available.